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Oakland’s The Town Kitchen Achieves REAL Certification

The Town Kitchen now joins a community of over 500 food service providers nationwide in the REAL Food movement.

San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) February 15th, 2019

The Town Kitchen, a community-driven food company, delivering chef-crafted meals to corporate clients, has achieved REAL Certification.  They employ and train youth addressing the need in the San Francisco Bay Area for locally-sourced meals, as well as fair-wage jobs and job training programs for local youth.

“At The Town Kitchen, we seek to provide quality, empower individuals, and strengthen communities. The focus and mission of Eat REAL is clearly in alignment with our mission, so it was a no-brainer to move forward with the certification process, “ says Trevor Fleshman, Head of Product at The Town Kitchen,  “We are excited to become part of the Eat REAL partner network and by doing so, continue to spread the word about the primacy of food in determining the success of our communities. Our clients and partners choose to work with us not only for our great food but also for our focus on supporting mission-aligned organizations like Eat REAL.”

Over 500 restaurant and foodservice providers have achieved the highly-coveted REAL certification. Utilizing a points-based audit, third-party registered dieticians evaluate establishments through interviews and menu, supply chain and operations analysis. Those that earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (environmental stewardship and other best practices) become REAL Certified.

The Town Kitchen continues to raise the bar for corporate catering by consistently utilizing high-quality ingredients, including fresh vegetables in every lunch box and has developed a culturally rich menu that changes with the season. They work hard to support the local food business community by featuring locally made products in their box lunches and on their catering menu.

“I am thrilled to see the Town Kitchen become Eat REAL certified. They are a truly mission-driven business and have built deep relationships in their local community. Their food is high quality, made from scratch, and made with heart.” notes Kristin Zellhart, Eat REAL’s Nutrition, Standards & Certification Manager.

In addition, The Town Kitchen has committed to sourcing all butter and eggs from farms that achieve an animal welfare certification recognized by REAL Certified and the ASPCA® Shop With Your Heart program by 2021.

For more information on The Town Kitchen, visit their website here.

About Eat REAL

Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to transforming America’s food system and fighting diet-related disease. Launched in 2012, Eat REAL Certified is a nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program aimed at realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The organization has certified over 500 restaurants, corporate cafes and university and school dining services in 35 states, with financial support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation, the Mary Black Foundation, the Campbell Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. More information can be found at

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